Hearne Woman's Story Transfers to the Big Screen

By: Brenna Flores & Steve Fullhart Email
By: Brenna Flores & Steve Fullhart Email

A controversial Hearne drug bust is now making waves in Hollywood.

Hearne will be having its own premiere of the movie "American Violet" on Tuesday. The film is inspired by the true story of a drug raid that took place in Hearne in 2000.

Resident Regina Kelly was arrested, but later cleared of felony drug charges. Texas law was subsequently changed as a result of the raid. Now, cases cannot be prosecuted based only on one confidential informant's claims.

One of the men at the center of the controversy, Robertson County district attorney John Pascall, would not comment on what his secretary called "a work of fiction."

The preview will be Tuesday at St. Mary's Church (see map) starting at 6 p.m., and will include a discussion on the topic of drug enforcement, the legal system and race.

At the screening and discussion will be Kelly, her ACLU attorney Graham Boyd, the writer and producer of the film, as well as the film's director.

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